First of all, we’d like to thank our readers for being with us this year as we’ve explored a number of topics, as we’ve shared new authors and books, and as we’ve continued to celebrate customers, libraries, and B Corporations. Thank you for engaging with us!
As we sign off on 2014 and look forward to 2015, we do so with a conscious mindfulness of our own shopping behaviors and business practices. Here, some of our team members weigh in about how we’re going to carry that into the new year:
Aligning my purchasing power with my values has become increasingly important to me. I don’t want to support companies that take human lives or the environment for granted. So instead, I make a conscious effort to support businesses that have a positive impact on the world. Each and every B Corporation does this, for example. As an entrepreneur, I further make decisions to shop small. It delights me to buy handmade goods from artisans on Etsy, which often arrive with a hand-written thank you note penned by the artist. This holiday season, I am pleased that I bought the vast majority of the gifts I am giving from conscious capitalists and/or small, local business owners. I intend to continue this practice into the New Year and beyond, and to raise the awareness of others with the hope of encouraging them to do the same. I want to be the change I seek in the world and a catalyst for others to join me.